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Post-molt rehousing methods

timc

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ok so I do already have my own system for this but I figure this community is here for the very reason to share experience. Anyhow after a molt I wait a week to ten days before the first feeding, usually a medium size meal, and another week or so later I get them back on the regular schedule, this time a much larger meal, enough to fatten them up a bit. I find this usually gets them a little less feisty for the next day. Generally I do my rehousing in the afternoon when the spiders aren't quite so active but I don't think it makes too much difference, when they're up they're up. So that's my 14-18 day routine. I'd love to hear the methods of others and maybe get some new ideas on the best ways that have worked well.
 

RedCapTrio

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I guess we're talking about slings here. How many times have you rehoused one in a given year? Say for a one incher?
 

Chubbs

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I guess we're talking about slings here. How many times have you rehoused one in a given year? Say for a one incher?
It really all depends on the type of tarantula. Some like Poecilotheria and Psalmopoeus (especially cambridgei) grow like weeds, and males can mature in a year. Brachypelma on the other hand take forever to grow.
 

timc

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Well slings and juveniles. I really try to rehouse as few times as possible, so often I give growing spiders a larger enclosure (not too large) and over the course of a few molts let them grow into it. Ideally a single spider should only need three enclosures in its life with this system. One until it gets about 2 inches, another to about 4 inches and as long as it's not going to grow to monster size (8+ inches) it's final adult enclosure. Now if it is a larger genus another move would have to be done. It's not so much about "in a year" as the size of the spider. I don't want you to think my pets get a new home after every molt, there's usually 3 or 4 in between. Most of the spiders I have I want to play with as little as possible lol
 

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